Earthquake measuring 5.7 jolts Taiwan; no damage


TAIPEI, Taiwan — An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the scale jolted Taiwan early yesterday morning, but there was no report of damage or casualties.

The quake struck at 3:42 a.m., with its epicenter 85.1 kilometers off Hualien on Taiwan’s east coast, the Seismological Observation Center said.

Taiwan sits on the circum-Pacific seismic belt, also known as the Pacific Ring of Fire. Nearly 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes and 80 percent of its largest earthquakes occur along this belt.

About 200 quakes of a magnitude of 4 or more jolt Taiwan each year, with a dozen of them above magnitude 5. Most of these tremors occur off Taiwan’s east coast, caused by the friction between the Philippine and Eurasian Plates.